Detroit Tigers: 3 changes we'd already make after the first 10 days of the season
There are several changes we're ready to make to the Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers have gotten off to yet another slow start, as they're just (record) to start the season. Some players have underperformed or just flat out stunk to start the season. It was expected for some players, but not so much for others.
In this article, we're going to go over three changes we'd already make to the Detroit Tigers roster. There are quite a few players on the big league roster that we already want to move on from. Hot starts from a few prospects in Toledo have only exacerbated that feeling.
The changes we want to make are going to come all throughout the roster. There will be two hitters and one pitcher that would be off the team if it were up to us. So without further ado, here are three changes we'd already make to the Detroit Tigers roster.
DFA 2B Jonathan Schoop, call up INF Tyler Nevin
This is a move that we're honestly surprised hasn't happened yet. Schoop is clearly on his way out of Detroit. A.J. Hinch is playing him in a platoon with Zack McKinstry and others. He's only played in roughly half the games. He's 31 and is not a part of the future here. The team seems like they are ready to move on from him. So why hasn't it happened yet?
Well, the biggest reason is likely the money he's owed this year. He's in the final year of a two-year, $15 million deal in which he's owed $7.5 million this season. There's a good chance the Tigers don't want to eat the money he's owed just yet. It'll probably happen at some point this year if he doesn't get it going quickly, but the money is most likely what's holding things up.
Other than that, there's really no reason for Schoop to be on this roster. With the shift being gone, his lack of range in the infield has been exposed. He's played some third base and hasn't exactly looked spectalular doing it. We thought he had the arm to pull it off, but it's clear he doesn't. Matt Vierling, who's an outfielder by trade, has looked better at third than Schoop. Ryan Kreidler and Nick Maton have both looked much more comfortable over there.
He can't hit, and his fielding had already declined massively in the field from last year. What's the point in keeping him? We can't find one, so we'd just eat the money and DFA him.
In a corresponding move, we'd call up Tyler Nevin, who was surprisingly optioned to Triple-A following his rehab assingment in which he went 11-for-18. Nevin can play third base and first base, as well as a little bit of the outfield. He also has a track record of having good plate discipline in the minors. We're not super high on him by any means, but he can't be any worse than Jonathan Schoop.